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Janet Pollard


Foundation Governor and Chair

I have worked for Bolton Council since April 2002.  My current role is Head of Strategic Finance and Accounting.  I am a qualified Accountant (ACCA).  I feel that my role at the Council has provided me with the skills to become a school governor.  I was honoured to become a governor at St. Stephen’s in 2013. I am currently the Chair of the Governing Body.

I live in Astley with my husband Peter.  We have 2 daughters and a grandson who attends St. Stephen’s school.  My husband makes and repairs brass and woodwind instruments, music is a large part of our life.

I really enjoy being part of the St. Stephen’s Family, I like to come into school when ever I can.  I am proud of each child that attends the school, they work hard, play hard and are encouraged to reach their individual potential.


Colin Shackleton


My name is Colin Shackleton and I was elected a parent Governor in Sept 2014. I have two children at St Stephens in year 2 and year 4. My areas of responsibility are currently Child protection and Health and safety. My personal aims of the Governing board are to ensure we are fully engaged with the parents and community of St Stephens and that we create the best learning environment for our children.


Emma Teale


I was delighted to be appointed as a parent governor in September 2014, as I felt that I had time and experience to give back to the school and our local community.  In 2017, I became a foundation governor and I have had the privilege of being the Chair of the curriculum and standards Committee. 

My background is in facilities management and my main aims as a governor are to uphold the ethos of the School and to ensure that every child at St Stephen’s can fulfil their full potential.  I have a daughter in Year 4 at St Stephen’s and a son in Year 8 at St Mary’s, both of my children have adored their time here. 

My specific role as a governor is EYFS (Reception) and KS1 (Year 1 & 2).  I am keen to provide a great provide a great learning environment and facilities for all our children, as well as helping to create and maintain a proactive governing body.


Nicky Wallace


I have had connections with St Stephen’s Church and school for over 26 years. Whilst my two sons attended St Stephen’s school, I was an active member of the Parents’ Association and a volunteer within the school. I started to work in the school office as an Admin Assistant in 2004, taking over the role as Admin Officer in 2009 until my retirement in April 2020.

Until recently my main interest was to scuba dive but now I love to go fell walking in the Lake District with my husband or dusting off my bike and having a cycle around the local area.

I feel that I am in a very privileged position being able to work with the rest of the governing body towards achieving the best for our school whilst building stronger links with the church and wider community for the benefit of all the children.


Alison  Paddon


Foundation Governor and Vice Chair.

Since moving to Astley in 1989 I have been a regular communicant at St Stephen’s Church. My children were variously baptised, confirmed and married at the church and St Stephen’s Church of England Primary School was my school of choice for their education so I was delighted to be asked to serve as a Foundation Governor at the school.


As a Governor I oversee the general curriculum at the school. I bring to this role over 25 years experience as a Secondary School History teacher and Director of Studies and more recently my work within the museum sector. I now work at IWM North where I continue to work with teachers and schools having created learning resources to support schools in their commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. Part of this work involves keeping up-to-date with educational changes, knowledge that supports my role as a Governor at St Stephen's.


I have a wide range of interests. I enjoy reading, baking and various craft activities. I visit the theatre as often as I can and I enjoy music and film. Having been persuaded to learn to ride by my daughter I share her passion for horse riding. Above all I continue to love learning new things and new skills – I believe that education and lifelong learning is all.


Revd Martin Cox


As Team Rector, I am an ex-officio governor, which basically means I'm a governor because I'm Team Rector! I am married to Heather, who is the administration officer at Garret Hall School. Heather and I have two adult children, both of whom are now married and have their own children. We enjoy walking, musical theatre and cooking - well I do! I have also taken up open-water swimming in the last couple of years and I use this to raise money for good causes. I am also a governor of St George's Central Primary school.


Ceri Forster


I have been a Family Solicitor since 2005; supporting, advising and representing separating couples across the North West in relation to all aspects of relationship breakdown. I have a particular passion for supporting victims of domestic abuse and am accredited as an expert in this area. In addition to representing victims of domestic abuse within the legal process I am also a Trustee of a Bolton based charity, Endeavour, who offer support to victims of domestic abuse and run a pet fostering service.


I live in Astley with my husband Matt, our two daughters and our Labrador, Ruby. Matt is a driving instructor and can often be spotted driving around the area teaching students to drive. Our eldest daughter, Niamh attends St Stephen’s school and in September 2020 she will, hopefully, be joined by our youngest daughter, Ava.


When Matt and I were looking at school’s we were drawn to St Stephen’s and its family feel. The single class entry was a very important feature for us as Niamh has always been very shy and we felt she would benefit from a close knit school. The fact that we can see the school from our back garden helps!


In 2015 Niamh started at St Stephen’s school. Although she enjoyed school it required a lot of adjustment for her. To support Niamh I became involved with the Parent’s Association and in 2016, following a vote, I was pleased to be elected as a Parent Governor. In my role as Parent Governor I am a member of the Curriculum Committee and am the link Governor for SEND provision.


Gareth Jones


I was a pupil at St Stephens until 1989. The school is very close to my heart, it was where I learned to read and write and it gave me all of the skills that I needed to get started in the world.  My eldest child has just left and my youngest still attends the school.  I`ve lived in Astley for 40 years and consider myself a valued member of the community.


St Stephens is a great place to learn, it has a real family feel and a caring attitude.  When the school asked for parent governors to apply, I jumped at the chance.  That was two years ago and its lovely to be a part of the school again.


I am a Repairs manager for Wigan Council  and I have many transferable skills that I bring with me.  There have been lots of changes at the school in the last few years that I have been involved with and its great to be part of its direction moving forward.


I`m proud to be a part of the school and proud to be able to help the other governors and staff on its journey.

Our School is Voluntary-Aided, its Governing Body consists of both appointed and elected governors.


The aim of the Governor team at our school is to work with the staff to make St Stephen's Primary School an exciting, safe and happy environment in which the children can reach their potential.


The main role of a Governing Body is to give direction, support and challenge to the school leadership.


We do this in the following ways:

  • Monitoring the performance and progress of our children;
  • Monitoring and evaluating of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural life of the school;
  • Working with the staff to help them teach and care for our children;
  • Deciding on how the resources of the school are best used. We have prime responsibility for the finance of the school;
  • Providing a strategic review of the school - planning ahead so that the performance of our children and our school continues to improve.

Meetings of the full Governing Body are usually held once a term throughout the school year. Topics covered in meetings may include: planning the school's long term vision through the School Development Plan, the school budget, target setting and monitoring.


Much of the work however, is devolved to a series of committees to ensure the workload is dealt with effectively. Sub-committees focus on Finance and resources & Standards and curriculum.

To monitor the curriculum each governor has a link responsibility for one area of it and meets with the relevant member of staff.

Governors generally hold their office for a period of four years at a time.


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Governor Responsibilities